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Detailed mark-up of semi-monographic legacy taxonomic works using FlorML

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We present FlorML, an XML schema, specifically designed for the detailed mark-up of highly complicated semi-monographic legacy taxonomic works, such as large Floras and Faunas. We discuss the prerequisites for developing a suitable XML schema, and the limitations presented by the legacy taxonomic works, requirements by stakeholders and the desired output format. Furthermore, we explain how FlorML was deployed to mark up two legacy taxonomic works, Flora Malesiana and Flore du Gabon, how that deployment was improved by the use of the scripting language Perl to automate major parts of the process, and discuss the issues commonly encountered during the mark-up process. Examples and figures are provided for clarification. Finally, we make suggestions for future research and further developments in the field of biodiversity informatics.
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Keywords: BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS; E-TAXONOMY; FLORA; LEGACY LITERATURE; XML MARK-UP

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Naturalis Biodiversity Center, P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands; or [email protected], Email: [email protected] 2: Botanic Garden and Botanic Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Str. 6–8, 14195 Berlin, Germany 3: Naturalis Biodiversity Center, P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands 4: Naturalis Biodiversity Center, P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands, National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Domein van Bouchout, Nieuwelaan 38, 1860 Meise, Belgium 5: Naturalis Biodiversity Center, P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands, Plant Conservation and Population Biology, KU Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 31, Box 2437, 3001 Leuven, Belgium

Publication date: 2014-04-28

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